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Carona to surrender, begin 5 1/2-year prison term

Former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona has agreed to surrender to authorities next week and begin serving a 5 1/2-year prison term for witness tampering.

Carona, who has been free on bail since his 2009 conviction, will serve his term at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo. He has the option of surrendering at the prison by Tuesday or being transported to the lockup by U.S. marshals.

During a two-month trial in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, prosecutors said Carona accepted secret cash payments, had numerous illicit sexual affairs and provided badges and concealed weapons licenses to campaign contributors.

Carona's wife, Deborah, and former mistress, Debra Hoffman, had faced related charges for benefiting from his schemes, but the charges were dropped after his acquittal on charges of bribe-taking, mail fraud and conspiracy.

Carona was found guilty in January 2009 on a single count of witness tampering related to a clandestinely recorded conversation with then-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in July 2009 to let Carona, 55, postpone the start of his sentence, deeming him neither a flight risk nor a threat to public safety.

Carona, who presided over California's second-largest sheriff's department, was forced out of office in 2008 but collected about $215,000 in retirement benefits in 2009, Orange County public records show.


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Guess his ego was just to big and he made a lot of enemies. This story should be a reminder to all people in power that Karma will always prevail.

I would hate to leave life in idyllic Orange County for a prison - even if it is a "Club Fed" in Colorado. He will be fenced in and living by someone ELSE's rules for as long as he remains incarcerated. He had risen to the top down in Orange County, even garnering the rather dubious title of "America's Sheriff." Disgraced former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona is the poster boy for [the Bible passage] Proverbs 16:18. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

A convicted criminal and still gets $215,000 in pension. I cant wait to see what Rizzo will collect for his pension.

The level of stupidity and arrogance is really mind-boggling.

Why is law enforcement held up as a paragon of virtue?

This guy was the Top Cop in Orange County. People had faith and trust in him. He is suppose to be setting the example on being a good citizen. Children looked up to him. We considered him a professional member of law enforcement. He really let us down. How can his department go out and arrest people for committing crimes when he was a criminal himself.

Wow, I remember when he was the poster boy...of the O.C. Troubling part of it, it took more than 2 years to surrender.

So long, farewell, auvidersane adieu (I know, I spelled it wrong, but you get the drift)
He is a disgrace to the uniform and I'm glad he's gone. THAT is what you get when you elect a BAILIFF for the Sheriff's post.

I hope his pension is stopped now that he's a convicted criminal--obviously he wasn't doing his job very well, eh? Why get the pension that comes along with having done a job well?
That $ could certainly be better spent somewhere in OC.

Also--anyone notice how his wife and mistress have similar names? Smart cookie--no name confusion when in bed and no need to call each of them the vague "baby" so as to keep himself out of trouble.

Wish he could go into the general population at the OC jail instead of colorado club-fed.
maybe the two deborah's would like to contribute to pay for his prison fees instead of having the voting, taxpaying public shoulder the burden.
Just a thought....

Why should so much leniency be granted this guy? Why not take him in at OCJ and order the guards to do the usual legal and proper beating complete with lip twisting and head pounding, right after they book him. Then claim there was a camera malfunction and ole mike raised his hand,( you do that when you get fingerprinted),bind him up in 5-point restraints and transport him for medical treatment. Bill him for it . Throw him in a hole and then transport him at odd hours by prison transport buses, collect booking fees at every little jail along the way. Then put him in some not so nice place where his former inmates are in custody?

Agree! It's all about enjoying it all! about 15 hours ago.


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